Maze Runner: The Death Cure 2.0 stars

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Director Wes Ball’s final installment of this YA dystopia trilogy about a zombie plague-ravaged world, the plucky teens lucky enough to be immune, and the desperate scientists who want to harvest that immunity by any means necessary is... not great. But it’s better than it has any right to be, given the genre’s exhaustion, the lameness of Chapter Two (The Scorch Trials), and the three-year delay between that film and this. Most of the credit goes to Ball, who infuses the rescue-mission plotline with enough verve and momentum to keep the silly bits from sinking in, while avoiding other silly bits altogether. But there’s also something to be said for the script, which doles out just enough data to remind us why we should care, mostly manages to convey feeling without getting goopy, and even ekes out some stubborn complexity. And the cast, led by Dylan O’Brien, is gamely sincere. 2018.

Matthew Lickona

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AMC Fashion Valley

7037 Friars Road, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Sunday, February 25

7:05pm, 10:15pm

Monday, February 26

7:05pm, 10:15pm

Tuesday, February 27

7:05pm, 10:15pm

Wednesday, February 28

7:05pm, 10:15pm

AMC Mission Valley

1640 Camino del Rio North, San Diego, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Sunday, February 25

10:20am, 4:20pm

Monday, February 26

11:25am, 2:50pm, 6:20pm, 9:30pm

Tuesday, February 27

11:25am, 2:50pm

Wednesday, February 28

3:20pm

AMC Otay Ranch

2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Sunday, February 25

12:35pm

Monday, February 26

6:15pm

Tuesday, February 27

6:15pm

Wednesday, February 28

6:15pm

AMC Palm Promenade

770 Dennery Road, Chula Vista, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Sunday, February 25

9:30am, 12:45pm, 6:45pm, 10:20pm

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12:05pm, 3:20pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

Tuesday, February 27

12:05pm, 3:20pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

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12:05pm, 3:20pm, 6:40pm, 10:05pm

AMC Plaza Bonita

3050 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, 888-262-4386 | Directions

Sunday, February 25

7:30pm, 10:50pm

Monday, February 26

7:20pm

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7:20pm

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7:20pm

Edwards Mira Mesa

10733 Westview Parkway, San Diego, 858-635-7716 | Directions

Sunday, February 25

10:10am, 4:20pm, 7:35pm, 10:50pm

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11:30am, 2:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Tuesday, February 27

11:30am, 2:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Wednesday, February 28

11:30am, 2:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Thursday, March 1

11:30am, 2:45pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Regal Carlsbad 12

2501 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 844-462-7342 | Directions

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8:30pm

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8:30pm

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9:30pm

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9:30pm

Regal Parkway Plaza

405 Parkway Plaza, El Cajon, 619-401-3456 | Directions

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11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

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11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

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11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

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11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

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11:45am, 3:15pm, 6:30pm, 9:50pm

Regal Rancho del Rey

1025 Tierra del Rey, Chula Vista, 619-216-4707 | Directions

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6:50pm, 10:15pm

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6:50pm, 10:15pm

Regal San Marcos

1180 W. San Marcos Boulevard, San Marcos, 760-471-3734 | Directions

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1:30pm, 5:00pm, 8:15pm

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1:30pm, 5:00pm, 8:15pm

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1:30pm, 5:00pm, 8:15pm

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